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Originally Posted by rumi's field View Post
hey, thanks for the reply, cwa107.

the processes change back n forth but the biggest steady user is firefox, which sometimes shows 7-9 %, sometimes only 2-3%. i just changed the update frequency to 'very often' so now activity monitor is the biggest user with about 8.8% steady.

today, one GB of info has already been written since i first posted. is that just normal?
It could just be disk I/O with the swap file (virtual memory). Are you having performance problems, or just worried about the amount of I/O? Also, how are you monitoring it?

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i also downloaded the clamxav for tiger, but am still trying to figure out how to use it. i made the 'contextual menu items' folder and logged out/in as the directions said, but now i am not sure where to find it.

i also read that it is nearly impossible to infect a mac. so maybe i am just used to all the trouble my pc used to give me.
It's not that it's impossible for a Mac to get viruses. In fact, it's very probable that one day there will be a true virus written for OS X. Now, it is impossible for a Windows virus to run on OS X because as you likely know, you can't run Windows software on OS X without using something like CrossOver or WINE (and even then, it's unlikely a virus would be able to properly execute, and it almost certainly wouldn't automatically execute).

With that said, there are two trojans out there for OS X - one accompanies a pirated copy of iWork and the other comes from a "video player" that is distributed via porn site. If you haven't frequented either source, you likely don't have an issue.

As we often say here on Mac-Forums, having a computer problem that you don't understand doesn't necessarily mean you have a virus.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!